Day: September 7, 2020

Living Wage for Key Workers Campaign #LivingWage4KeyWorkers

Living Wage for Key Workers Campaign

The COVID19 lockdown restrictions have eased and the Thursday night clapping for our key workers seems like a distant memory to many, but for those working on the Living Wage for Key Workers campaign – that energy and appreciation has continued and has been injected into their work for Living Wages.

These celebrated workers account for 33% of the Welsh workforce which equates to nearly half a million people, all of whom have bills to pay and likely families to feed. Key workers are paid less per hour than the rest of the British workforce as a UK-wide average, and this is a pay gap that has been widening for some time. Key workers have similar demographic and educational characteristics to the rest of the workforce and have proved themselves essential within our daily lives and foundational economy yet are not rewarded with a living wage for this essential and undervalued work.

It is this injustice that sparked the Living Wage for Key Workers Campaign – an official campaign lead by Citizens UK and supported by the Living Wage Foundation who invite organisations that employ key workers to be supported through the accreditation process as a Living Wage employer and therefore uplifting the pay of anyone on below the Real Living Wage within these organisations.

Who are Key Workers?

Key workers are more likely to be women or from a BAME background. 58% of key workers are women and 14% are from a BAME background (compared to 12% across whole workforce). When you look at health and social care workers 79% of that workforce are female.

Across Wales, key workers make up a larger percentage of the workforce in rural and valleys local authority areas with over 40% of the workforce in Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent and Ceredigion employed as key workers.

Who are the lowest paid Key Workers?

The lowest paid key workers are in occupations in the health, social care, food and education sectors.

The Resolution Foundation highlights that 56% of frontline care workers in Wales earn below the Real Living Wage and those in care roles within the private sector are paid less than those employed by local authorities.  However, this is not to say that there is not more to be done by local authorities on taking action on fair pay for their frontline care workers.

What can you do about it?

You can get involved with the Living Wage for Key Workers campaign in Wales by visiting the sites of Citizens Cymru or the Living Wage Foundation to download campaign material and find out more.

You can sign this petition.

You can also raise queries with your local authority or any other key worker employer that you may be involved with on working towards Living Wage accreditation – to ensure that any worker employed by these bodies is paid enough to live a life of good quality on. They can be signposted to Cynnal Cymru as the accrediting body for Wales who are available to support them through this process.

It is important that we never forget the risk taken and sacrifices made by these key workers during a time of national crisis – our gratitude is important but more important is rewarding their hard work with a fair rate of pay and calling for a Living Wage for Key Workers.

#LivingWage4KeyWorkers

*Statistics taken from Senedd Blog Research:
Characteristics of Key Workers
Key Worker Pay and Conditions

Welsh Water call for Independent Members to join Glas Cymru

[:en]FINAL CALL: Are you someone who can make a difference in your community?

Welsh Water is not-for-profit and unique in the utilities sector. Our parent company, Glas Cymru, is a company formed for the purpose of owning, financing and managing Welsh Water.

For the sake of a few days’ voluntary work a year, you could help Glas Cymru be even more effective for the benefit of our customers. As the only not-for-profit water company in England and Wales, we’re searching for energetic, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds to hold our Board of Directors to account and serve our communities in the best way we can.

“We are recruiting new independent Members – which is what we have instead of shareholders. They meet twice a year and hear from us regularly about the work we do, so they can make sure our Board of Directors are running the company as they should. The membership works to high standards of corporate governance and draws on the varied professional expertise of a committed, high calibre group of individuals. Knowledge of the water industry is not essential.

While it is an unpaid, voluntary position – you are reimbursed expenses and it’s a great chance to oversee the work of one of Wales’ biggest companies. There are two formal meeting days a year, and two optional regional meetings, to give you a chance to get involved. 

There’s only a few more days left to apply – and we’re really keen that our Membership represents everyone that we serve – so please consider applying before the closing date of next Wednesday, 9 September 2020.”

You can find details of what the role involves and how to apply here. Please also feel free to share these details within your organisation or wider network.[:]

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